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ASSESSMENT OF THE EUROPEAN TERRESTRIAL CARBON BALANCE

Objective

The overarching aim of the CarboEurope-IP is to understand, quantify and predict the terrestrial carbon balance of Europe and the uncertainty at local, regional and continental scale. This is achieved by
(1) executing a strategically focussed set of surface based ecological measurements of carbon pools and CO2 exchange,
(2) further enhancement of an atmospheric high precision observation system for CO2 and other trace gases,
(3) execution of a regional high spatial resolution experiment and
(4) integration of these components by means of innovative data assimilation systems and modelling. The key innovation of the CarboEurope-IP is solving the scientific challenge of quantifying the terrestrial carbon balance at different scales and with known, acceptable uncertainties. The increase in spatial and temporal resolution of the observational and modelling program will allow for the first time a consistent application of a multiple constraint approach of bottom-up and top-down estimates to determine the terrestrial carbon balance of Europe with the geographical patterns and variability of sources and sinks. CarboEurope-IP aims at providing a system for carbon accounting for the European continent, and it will further investigate the main controlling mechanisms of carbon cycling in European ecosystems. CarboEurope-IP integrates and expands the research efforts of 95 European institutes. CarboEurope-IP addresses basic scientific questions of high political relevance.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-GLOBAL-1
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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
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